How Coronavirus Has Challenged the World Health Organization

Logo at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The fight over the WHO has become yet another front in the emerging fight over American geopolitics in the era of a rising China.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he World Health Organization’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, like so many complicated narratives that must be simplified in today’s head-spinning news cycle, has become an ideological Rorschach test. If, before the pandemic, you were nationalistic, skeptical of international organizations, and hostile to China, you’re probably inclined to view the WHO’s deference toward Beijing as the inevitable response of a toothless organization that has been co-opted by China. If, on the other hand, you believed strongly in international cooperation, were opposed to President Trump, and sympathetic to the WHO’s mission, you may be quicker to forgive the organization for praising Beijing’s


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